Hertfordshire '17

Young People of the Year

Revealing, Recognising and Rewarding Positive Role Models

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Here is a selection of the entries in this YOPEY... Do you know someone like them? Then nominate!

 

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Touched by cancer Elouise declares 'show must go on'

According to the old saying the show must go on. But when in the space of a few years you have lost three close family members to cancer and two others are being treated for the disease it takes a lot to produce, direct, write and appear in an all-singing, all-dancing night of entertainment.

But Beaumont School student Elouise Wathen had more than applause in mind. Her big production aimed to raise big money and awareness for Macmillan Cancer Support. In the audience at the Abbey Theatre, St Albans, was her beloved uncle Jonathan

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Sisters help parents of stillborn children grieve

Three Watford sisters who joined forces to raise money for families struggling with stillborn bereavement are in a competition that hails the ‘giving to others’ of Hertfordshire’s younger generation.

The teenage Green sisters – Kirsty, Natalie and Rachel – came together to show their support for their cousin, after he lost his baby boy at birth. The money they collected has been used to purchase a much needed cold cot, which cools the body of a stillborn baby therefore allowing the parents a little more time

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Amy cares at home, school and Rainbows

A girl who helps care for her family and is training to be a Young Leader in Girlguiding is in a competition that hails the ‘giving to others’ of Hertfordshire’s younger generation.

Thirteen-year-old Amy Gibson’s father has epilepsy which can strike at any time and her mother has various conditions which can lay her low. When this happens Amy steps up to look after her little sister Emily, 11.

Now Amy has been nominated for the Affinity Water Young People of the Year awards or ‘YOPEYs’ – Oscars

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Beth goes extra mile for those with special needs

At the age of 10 Beth Davidson learnt sign language so she could ‘buddy up’ with a fellow pupil who had Down’s Syndrome and communication challenges. It left her with a zeal for making sure non-verbal children have a voice.

Now she is breaking down the barriers of silence at a Welwyn Garden City special school and aims to develop her dream career helping others as a teacher.     

Beth, aged 20, of Copperfields, Welwyn Garden City, is in a competition that hails the ‘giving to others’

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Goalie Jamie saves others from trouble

A young footballer who stands out at school as a fantastic peer mentor is in a competition that hails the ‘giving to others’ of Hertfordshire’s younger generation.

Twelve-year-old Jamie Telfer is a goalkeeper with the Arsenal Academy. As well as finding time for this and his studies, he is a great support to his teacher by taking struggling children under his wing to help and guide them through the school day.

Now he has been nominated for the Mitsubishi Electric Young People of the Year awards or ‘YOPEYs’

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